HO scale German trains

Rob has recreated his vacation with his HO scale German trains and layout:

“I’ve been a fan of your blog for several years, and have learn so much from the contributors. I look forward to opening my email each day to see the wonders you send forth.

I’ve been working on my Murren and St. Goar Scenic Railway since I returned from a trip to German and Switzerland.

I wanted to recreate views and moments from that trip in HO scale German trains.

I’d not done any railroading since I was a teen back in the 1960s, so it’s been a real experience relearning everything.

t’s encouraging to read posts of others who have questions and made mistakes we can all learn from.

My submission shows a small addition to my city (based on Freiburg, Germany) three streets off the Main Avenue.

There was a block of empty space left over from other building installations. I’d debated what to do with it for some time, and finally decided to just tackle the space with basically what I had on hand.

Our recent stay in place orders here in Michigan have provided many extra hours of time to ponder and work on train projects.

I tend to work on my layout in an organic fashion, and have found that I greatly admire those modelers who can build a layout with all those yards, mainlines and switches.

I’ve also learned that I’m not very good at that part of the hobby.

What, it turns out, I really like is doing building kits and creating landscapes for the train to run through.

Your blog has reinforced that there is no “right” way to do model railroading, and that ideas can come from any source.

Attached are several pictures showing the progress of the city block addition from start to finish.

German trains station

View from the main station looking back toward to area where the new block addition was added. All the city buildings are lighted for night effect.

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The block as it looked before I started. The backs of the buildings on the facing block provide the background. I added a narrow road opposite, next to the tracks as a first step.

european railway

I first added some grass for a small park which is to set behind the building on the block corner. Then I added stone paver sections to create a courtyard as seen in many German cities behind buildings. I found, and assembled a building kit that allowed a drive through from the side street into the courtyard to anchor the other end of the block.

european railway

I built some simple planters, added benches and found a sculpture piece for the park. My youngest daughter teaches first grade so she has many craft and classroom items that can be adapted to the layout. In this case the sculpture is a throwaway piece from a lettering kit.

Next I added some people, a tree, a hedge and a fence next to the tracks. These were all left over parts from other scenes on the layout.

Then I added the two buildings, one at each end to enclose the block. One building I already had built, but did not use for a different scene, the other was purchased to allow the drive through into the court yard.

View of the completed block.

Wwith the recent article on how to finish the edge of the layout causing some discussion, I decided to try adding buildings across the street on the other side of the tracks. I purchased a set of kits for those half facade buildings that one puts up against walls. Only I don’t have any walls so I just placed them on the table edge and put a backing board behind them so they won’t fall off.

I colored this row of buildings based on those I saw in Innsbruck on my trip to Switzerland this past summer. The middle building on the block is make up from leftover parts from the other kits in the set, and allowed me to fill the space completely.

I hope your readers fine them interesting and even useful.

Rob, Murren and St. Goar Scenic Railway, USA”

Now on to Cassio.

We know he’s a man of few words – but that’s just the language barrier.

His pics and video does all the talking:

A big thanks to Cassio and Rob.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget if you want to get going on your very own layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

5 Responses to HO scale German trains

  1. Tevie Kozak says:

    Starting out OK for about eight need some ideas prewar engine code car

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Cassio, Love the layout and all the industrial area , You must have a slaughter house too I heard the pig snort Lol 🙂
    The Critic

  3. Chuck says:

    WoW! I really like Cassio’s Layout. Excellent modeling and design. Would be really neat to see from a camera mounted on a rail car. Thanks for sharing! Chuck from Tallahassee, Florida.

  4. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Very nice German setting, reminds me of my time stationed in Germany as a young NCO looks good, Cassio nice U.P. layout both jobs well done.

  5. Rocco Maley says:

    Hey Rob, I must commend you on the work you have done on your layout. I know it must have cost a lot of money for you to purchase all those European structures, and trains. I met my wife while in the service in Germany in 1963. I always loved the railroads of Germany, but I never bought any structures like building’s though I really loved those building’s I just thought that it would be to much for me to carry those big kit boxes on the plane after I would revisit Germany, Which was 15 times over the years. Idid however purchase everything else, Trains, Vehicles, Figures, Bridges etc., and yet every time I would return from Germany I had to buy another suitcase just to fit everything I bought for my model railroad back in the states. It just wouldn’t fit in the luggage I had when I began my trip to Germany. Every time we would get to customs at the airport in New York or New Jersey it would take an hour or more, because they would want to look through everything, because of all the shapes and sizes they would see when they ran it through the machine. I guess they thought I had a bomb some where in the suitcase. It would drive my wife crazy. Any way the point is that all that stuff I bought cost a lot of money, because the Mark or the Euro was worth so much more than the dollar. What I am trying to say is that with all those European building kits and all the other related items you bought to model a european city had to run up your bill. Thank you for that beautiful layout. Rocco Maley from New Jersey.

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